Looking back a day later, San Francisco’s Jason Schmidt realized he shouldn’t have pitched Saturday after tweaking his tender right groin during warmups.
Schmidt decided to give it a go anyway, saying it would have been “embarrassing” to walk off the mound moments before game time. He lasted five innings and looked more than respectable despite throwing his fastball 10 mph slower than usual at times.
Now his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.
He was sore Sunday and expected to map out a plan for the remaining two weeks with trainer Stan Conte and pitching coach Dave Righetti.
“It’s sore,” Schmidt said Sunday, noting he doesn’t think the injury is worse. “I shouldn’t have pitched. The rule was, if I feel anything I’d come out of the game.”
Clearing the bases
The Mets ended another frustrating season against their N.L. East rivals by taking two of three from the Braves over the weekend. Atlanta won the season series 13-6, its fifth straight year with double-digit victories against New York. … For the first time since July 1978, Boston has scored fewer than four runs in five home games in a row. … Chuck Obremski, the longtime chaplain for the Angels, died at age 48 after a lengthy battle with cancer. … Sunday was Willie Randolph Bobblehead day at Shea Stadium. “I’ve finally arrived. I’m legit now,” the Mets manager said. … The Reds’ Sean Casey will be re-evaluated today after suffering the third concussion of his career Friday. … The Yankees’ Jason Giambi left the game in the fourth inning with back spasms but expects to play today.
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